History and Lore

History and Lore

Kennett Square, PA, is considered the mushroom capital of the world since it produces the most fresh cultivated mushroom each year.

The early Romans considered mushrooms “the food of the Gods.”


If it weren’t for fungi, there might not be any fossil fuels.

The truffle, a type of mushroom that grows below the ground, is one of the world’s most expensive foods. One variety, Tuber Melanosporum, can cost between $800 and $1,500 a pound.

The English believe that mushroom had to be gathered under a full moon to be edible.

The largest living organism ever found is a honey mushroom that covers 3.4 square miles of land in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon and it is still growing.


Some of the earliest commercial mushroom farms were actually set up in caves in France during the reign of King Louis XIV (1638-1715).

Mushrooms are Sustainable

Researchers have noted mushrooms can be considered one of the most sustainably produced foods in the United States. Learn more about earth-friendly mushroom.

Farm Tour

Mushrooms are one of the most uniquely grown foods in the supermarket. Ever wonder what it takes to get those meaty, umami-packed, nutritious mushrooms from the farm to your fork?

Press Release

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